Mine work­mate wins raf­fle prize

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

UN­DER­STAND­ABLY, the win­ner of the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach’s Com­mu­nity Raf­fle $10,000 first prize is “stoked”.

Outrigger Whit­sun­day mem­ber Dar­ren Gom­m­er­sal sold the win­ning ticket to one of his work­mates, Townsville­based Zeke Burt.

Mr Gom­m­er­sal said he’d sold tick­ets at work on a mine in Collinsville, amid the usual grum­bling from his col­leagues.

“A lot of the boys were like that, say­ing we’ll buy it but no one will win it,” he said.

“It was good to see a first prize win­ner.

“Yeah, (Zeke) was happy. He was stoked.”

Be­cause Outrigger Whit­sun­day rep­re­sen­ta­tives were present at the raf­fle draw on Thurs­day night, the club net­ted it­self an ad­di­tional $1000 for selling the win­ning ticket.

Outrigger Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Re­nee Martin said mem­bers had sold about 80 books – 400 tick­ets – and the club was lucky Ro­tary gave it the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the fundraiser.

“Dar­ren per­son­ally sold 20 books on be­half of the club and we had a bit of a club en­ticer where Dar­ren ac­tu­ally ended up win­ning a $100 voucher from the Air­lie Beach Ho­tel for selling the most tick­ets,” Ms Martin said.

The money Outrigger Whit­sun­day raised through the sale of tick­ets and the $1000 bonus for selling the win­ning ticket will be used to help with the day-to-day run­ning of the club.

Ms Martin also thanked the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach for hold­ing the fundraiser.

“It’s the eas­i­est fundraiser to sell tick­ets – you’re not hav­ing to wash cars or turn up for an event,” she said.

Each year, the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach uses the money raised from the sale of advertising in the My Whit­sun­day phone guide to pur­chase prizes for the raf­fle.

The prizes cost about $28,000 and this year $60,000 worth of raf­fle tick­ets were sold.

“We could put the $28,000 back into the clubs but by buy­ing the raf­fle tick­ets, they can get out there and raise some money,” Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach pres­i­dent Allan Robin­son said.

“It’s just giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. We bear all the cost. It’ll be hap­pen­ing again next year.”

FIRST PRIZE: Outrigger Whit­sun­day’s Nick Lid­sey, with the win­ning ticket, and raf­fle co-or­di­na­tor Neil Cawthorne.

Photo: Matthew New­ton

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